Review: To kick-start 2021, Citizens of Vice has chosen to showcase some fresh remixes of back catalogue tracks courtesy of some of the label artists. Lanowa kicks things off in style via a driving but dreamy, peak-time ready nu-disco take on Paper Soul's 'Falling Down', before Don Dayglow surprisingly turns Somethin' Sanctified's 'CuCuCu' into a drowsy, tactile and melodious fusion of Balearic nu-disco and pitched-down drum and bass. Andy Buchan offers up a typically jaunty and synth-heavy take on Citizens of Vice's own 'Pikes', before Jamie Porteus re-invents Don Dayglow's 'Hooked On The Music' as a glossy, big-studio '80s electro number full of chopped-up samples and oodles of funk. Closing out proceedings is Atdhe, whose 'Disco Meditation' mix of Porteus' 'Way Hey' is arguably the best of the bunch.
Review: Upbeat, unpretentious nu-disco and disco-house are the order of the day here, much along the lines of Hed Kandi's mid-noughties Disco Kandi/Disco Heaven comps. With 14 tracks to choose from there's plenty of dancefloor bang for your disco buck, and while there's undoubtedly a whiff of fromage in the air in places (Badboe's rap-vocalled, Sister Sledge/InDeep-referencing 'Best Of My Beats', for instance, isn't a million miles from a Will Smith production) there are also slightly deeper pleasures awaiting those who are prepared to dig around a bit - see, for instance, the raw disco-funk of 'Miss Broadway' or Joy Legend's Hammond-sporting 'Pass It On'.
Review: Having recently notched up a sixth year in business, Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint is in a celebratory mood - hence this all-action round-up of recent delights and unheard treats from the disco-loving label. Encompassing no less than 30 tunes, the collection giddily skips between warming beatdown disco (P-Sol's "Walter"), Mark E style slo-mo loop jams (Vigi's "I'll Be There") and glassy-eyed Balearic nu-disco (Picklejam's "Untitled Love"), before raising its hands skywards as the peak-time party-starters begin to appear thick and fast. Highights in this category include the vibrant jazz-house flex of Dexter Jones' "Swing Thing", the bustling boogie re-edit business of Monsieur Von Pratt's "Let's Dance" and the hearty disco-funk heaviness of Chewy Rubs' "Funky Bee Bop".
Review: Here's an EP that might ruffle a few feathers... the four tracks are all re-edits of classic Kraftwerk cuts, and there'll no doubt be many purists out there who'd say that was a job that didn't really need doing, but generally speaking the four producers concerned have done a pretty good job. Dim Zach's 'The Super Model (Dub)' nudges ahead of the pack, while Gatto's progressive house-leaning 'Computer Love (Vocal Mix)' is probably the most radical in approach. But the other two reworks from Fabiolous Barker and Don Dayglow are also perfectly serviceable, so if you dig Florian, Ralf and co and can get past the "sacred cows" thing, check it out.
Review: Ganbatte's latest affair may be all-star affair, but Fabiolous Barker rightly takes top billing thanks to delivering two takes on his latest track, "The Expert". He opens the EP with a hybrid electro/disco flavoured "Old Skool Re-Master" full of whispered vocals, crunchy guitars, throbbing synth-bass and tight horn blasts, before returning at the end with a "Funka-Masta-House" version that underpins the music with a head-nodding house style beat. In between you'll find the bouncy, Hi-NRG era Latin disco-house insanity of Dim Zach's "La Habernaro", the dreamy harmony vocals and ear-pleasing nu-disco grooves of Carlos Gatto's "Call It Love" and the alien funk masterclass that is Don Dayglow's "Gotta Say Yes", a suitably throbbing revision of an old Yello favourite.
Review: Don Dayglow AKA Adam Hignell serves up a nu-disco four-tracker that steers refreshingly clear of the usual musical cliches. 'Can't Get Enough' does tread fairly familiar nu-disco/disco-house ground, admittedly, but 'Fight Back' is a more inventive number that marries 80s soul elements to a full-phat bassline and house pianos to great effect, while 'Square Leg' is as fine a slice of acid funk squelch as you'll hear all month, with a few nods to Italo-disco thrown in for good measure. And then there's 'Hooked On The Music', which starts out all experimental and percussive, then takes a sudden left turn into a rave circa 1989.
Review: An impressively varied four-track offering from Particle Zoo boss Don Dayglow here. 'Other Faces' itself is an unhurried number that places a disembodied, Middle Eastern-sounding female vocal atop an electro/Italo-tinged backdrop, accompanied by shakers, birdsong and other atmospherics. There's more of the latter on 'Help Somebody', a blissed-out, sunrise-friendly house jam, before 'Tidy Darts' takes a sharp left turn, opening with an angular synth riff that soon mutates into full-on, vintage-sounding acid squelch: mark our words, rumpshaking will ensue! 'Warm Front', replete with dreamy analogue synth sounds, then closes out the EP on a more upbeat note.
Review: Notching up a decade in the business is big news for any label, so congratulations must go to Yam Who's ISM label. He's decided to mark the imprint's first decade in some style via a series of compilations that highlight some of the killer nu-disco, boogie, disco, house and Balearic jams nestling in ISM's bulging back catalogue. Highlights are plentiful throughout, from the Imagination-inspired electrofunk flex of Ron Basejam's killer rework of Alena's "Changes" and the synth-heavy rush of Balearic disco maestro Pete Herbert's revision of M Roberto & Nikolay Denev's "Be Yourself", to the breezy, soul-fired dancefloor warmth of Jonathan Ryno's "Don't Know Love" and Mark E's terrifically loved-up deep house tweak of Robot 84's "Lookin' For Love".
Review: Following a well regarded outing on Fingerman's rock solid Hot Digits imprint, Don Dayglow returns to Particle Zoo with his first EP of 2019. There's much to enjoy, too, with the red-headed DJ/producer brilliantly wrapping exotic string sounds and drowsy synthesizer chords around booming sub-bass and chunky house beats on title track "Majlis". He takes to the mic on "Kakrafoon", drenching his impassioned vocals in delay and placing them in the centre of a shuffling, post-electro nu-disco fusion of crunchy beats and winding synths. There's a touch of Balearic disco/Italian dream house fusion to be found on the sun-kissed and driving "Avian", while "Nightlight" is skewed, bass-heavy and really rather odd.
Review: Emirates-based DJ/producer Don Dayglow has giddily flit between labels of late, serving up EPs on ISM, Particle Zoo, Hottwerk and Thunder Jam. Here the British ex-pat adds another label to his discography via a quietly impressive collection of cuts on Fingerman's Hot Digits imprint. The real standout is probably opener "Gazza's Music Gang", a tidy rework of the flipside Dub of "Making Music" by Gary's Gang which makes great use of the original's chugging groove and fluttering, life-affirming synth solos. That said, there's plenty to set the pulse racing elsewhere, from the acid-fired funk-goes-Italo-disco throb of "Dig It" and the jaunty nu-disco melodiousness of "DCi 2i". The latter comes accompanied by a tidy Fingerman re-rub in which the South Coast producer goes all wonky, bass-heavy and trippy.
Review: The team behind Thunder Jam is dreaming of a "Fantasy Fling". Given that the compilation is an expansive, 21-track affair (sorry), it would be safe to say that they're thinking of a steamy, all-action romance rather than a disappointing one-night stand. Musically, the cuts on offer tend towards the warm and loved-up, with Adata's dreamy deep house opener "Marlena Soul" and the glassy-eyed Balearic disco heat of Aure Zwins' "Long Way" setting the tone. Highlights include the loopy, filter-heavy bounce of Celestino's Lionel Richie-sampling "Rhythm", the twinkling, picturesque nu-disco cheeriness of Double F.O.G's "Bang Bao Boulevard", the synth-heavy boogie revivalism of "Fangkok" by Ivan Fabra and the low-slung dub disco-goes-jazz flex of Noil Rago's "J.Club".
Review: Having recently tickled our fancy with a fine chunk of synth-heavy dancefloor soul on ISM (the Andre Esput-sporting "Gimme Dat"), Don Dayglow brings his kaleidoscopic take on electronic music back to Particle Zoo after a five-month absence. By his standards, "Sassenach Music" is a pretty grandiose affair, with intertwining synthesizer lines, doom-ridden bass and sweaty vocal samples combining on a whole-hearted tribute to early '90s house and rave. There are four accompanying remixes to choose from. There's a sparkling, piano-laden revision with a spine-tingling breakdown courtesy of Sweetooth, a dreamy, mid-tempo nu-disco revision by Cuz Electric, a slightly trancey electro-disco tweak by Fabiolous Barker and a fine, pumped-up house take by Dayglow's old Bristol pal [Sic].
Review: To kick-start a fourth year of disco-fuelled madness, Hot Digits chief Fingerman has put together this sizeable compilation of previously unheard exclusives. As you'd expect, there's far more killers than fillers to be found amongst the 28-track deep selection or re-edits and original productions. Highlights include the clarinet-laden electrofunk-meets-disco bounce of Frank Virgilio's "It's Your Boogie Baby", the disco-goes-hip-hop flex of Tony Disco's delicious "Rolling Paper", the sparkling nu-disco goodness of "When It Comes To Funk" by Stephen Richards, the driving disco-house bump of Ash Reynolds' "Cold Girl" and the fuzzy electrofunk wobble of Don Dayglow's "Many Things". Throw in fine contributions from Chewy Rubs, Le Visiteur, norse man Jarle Brathen and, of course, Fingerman, and you have a must-buy collection of cuts.
Review: Dubai-based Don Dayglow delivers his first EP for ISM, with regular Mr Bird and DJ Vadim collaborator Greg Blackman providing the soulful vocal polish. There's a pleasingly breezy feel to the U.A.E-based Bristolian's original version, which wraps Blackman's fine vocal in glistening, freestyle-esque synth lines and squeezable boogie bottom-end. It could well be the producer's strongest offering to date. Remix-wise, Aussie adventurer Inkswel provides the standout rub, giving "Out of Love" a looser, MPC-driven feel while emphasizing the track's inherent soulfulness, while Andy Buchanan re-casts it as a sparkling slab of nu-disco with killer synthesizer riffs.
Review: Thunder Jam's latest release is something of a sprawling epic; a 23-track "Invasion" featuring some of the hottest names in the re-edit and nu-disco scenes, alongside contributions from lesser-known talents. There's much to admire throughout, from the low-slung boogie bass and cut glass disco strings of Phil Da Burn's "Wallflower" and the spacey synth-funk of Funk Bank's wiggly "Jamming With The Thunder", to the bouncy disco/New Jersey garage fusion of BOI's "The Gift" and the straightened-out sunshine soul of Dee Bunk's "Little Brown Eye Girl". Throw in solid contributions from Don Dayglo, Belabouche, C Da Afro and Andy Buchan, and you've got a pleasingly varied set of floor-friendly excursions.
Review: Don Dayglow is the new disco rework project from Abu Dhabi-based DJ/producer Adam Hignell, who originally rose to prominence under the Ewan Hoozami alias. As you'd expect, Power is full of party-friendly treats, from the filtered disco loops, percussive build-ups, heavily worked samples and Leroy Burgess style vocals of "Hustler", to the hard-wired P-funk cut-ups of "Slyde 2 Boogie" and high-octane disco-funk heaviness of "Party", which accompanies an all-new arrangement of a well-loved classic with tasty new percussion. Arguably best of all, though, is "Power", an irrepressible disco-boogie romp full of rubbery slap bass, punchy horns, celebratory vocals and addictive synthesizer flourishes.